The PvP brackets have been cut in two. What was once 10-19 is now 10-14 and 15-19; two brackets where one formerly existed.
Rilgon (of Stabilized Effort Scope) tipped me off to this today, and it looks to be true in all the brackets I checked. I can’t find official confirmation of this, but hopefully we’ll see something soon.
If true, this is a fantastic change. It will be great for levelers, as it removes the huge disparity between the top and bottom of the brackets. It will be really interesting for twinks, giving people a lot of options where to lock XP. (Level 10 twinks will probably become dominant in the 10-14 bracket due to favorable mechanics at level 10.)
Let me be clear – right now this is not official. There have been some posts on Something Awful about this, and my own observation is that this seems to be the case. Treat this as a rumor until you hear it from a blue post.
But man, what a thing to hope for. Just when I thought the surprises had stopped, Blizzard pulls this one out on us. Well done!
Update: while it’s not a blue post, there’s a great thread started with the new bracket listing. Some interesting additions include Eye of the Storm in the 30s and AV having a 60-64 bracket, making it more difficult on the expansion twinks who tended to dominate the 51-60 bracket before. (Expansion twinks just use endgame Vanilla gear and don’t get BC, so they never level up but have unlocked XP and hammer the leveling bracket. Now they’ll face Outland gear, and lots of it.)